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Top U.S. Business Schools

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Below we list the top U.S. business schools, as ranked by Forbes magazine in its biennial survey using its own return on investment formula. Prior rank represents a school’s ranking in the Forbes 2011 survey. Salary represents the average received in 2012 by the Class of 2008. Jobs rate applies to the Class of 2012 and represents the percent of those seeking jobs who accepted employment within three months of graduation. All other data in the table below applies to the Class of 2014. Tuition represents the two-year total tuition and fees for out-of-state students; tuition for in-state residents is significantly cheaper at many of these schools. Acceptance rate represents the percent of applicants (number applied column) who were admitted. Class size represents the number of students who enrolled (for the class of 2014).

The median GMAT data comes from Forbes, but it is worth noting that data for five schools (e.g. #35 Georgia Tech’s 678 score) is probably the mean GMAT score. Since GMAT scores are given in increments of 10, a median score must end in a zero or a five. Although not shown in our table, the median work experience for the vast majority of these schools is 4 or 5 years. The current Forbes survey does not report GPA, but the prior survey listed the median GPA for every school in the tight range of 3.2 to 3.7. For more information about the rankings, including profiles of each school, visit Forbes.

 
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Rank School Location Prior Rank Salary ($000s) Jobs Rate Tuition ($000s) Number Applied Accept Rate Class Size Median GMAT
1 Stanford Palo Alto, CA 2 221 88 118 6,716 7 398 740
2 Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL 3 200 92 117 4,031 23 575 720
3 Harvard Boston, MA 1 205 89 127 8,963 13 919 730
4 Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA 4 205 92 117 6,408 20 837 720
5 Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, IL 7 176 92 116 4,583 22 525 710
6 Dartmouth (Tuck) Hanover, NH 6 189 93 121 2,502 20 282 720
7 Columbia New York, NY 5 192 92 124 5,409 21 741 715
8 Duke (Fuqua) Durham, NC 12 152 90 112 3,161 27 433 695
9 Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca, NY 8 155 90 118 2,098 13 277 700
10 Michigan (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI 14 153 81 113 2,435 41 502 710
11 UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC 16 141 84 106 1,575 43 292 700
12 MIT (Sloan) Cambridge, MA 10 185 88 120 4,133 16 413 710
13 UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA 20 165 87 112 3,335 23 359 710
14 UC Berkeley (Haas) Berkeley, CA 13 175 93 108 3,352 N/A 240 715
15 Virginia (Darden) Charlottesville, VA 9 158 91 113 2,466 27 320 710
16 Carnegie Mellon (Tepper) Pittsburgh, PA 23 135 90 112 1,575 27 206 700
17 Brigham Young (Marriott) Provo, UT 15 109 93 44 413 54 168 670
18 Yale New Haven, CT 11 144 86 116 2,554 21 249 720
19 Indiana (Kelley) Bloomington, IN 27 120 89 91 935 39 178 680
20 Iowa (Tippie) Iowa City, IA 21 118 90 73 245 42 56 660
21 Texas-Austin (McCombs) Austin, TX 17 150 93 98 1,900 29 234 700
22 Michigan State (Broad) East Lansing, MI 19 105 89 85 417 41 88 645
23 NYU (Stern) New York, NY 18 165 90 115 3,907 N/A 389 710
24 Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta, GA 22 140 96 92 1,104 33 153 670
25 Minnesota (Carlson) Minneapolis, MN 28 121 91 98 498 43 107 690
26 Penn State (Smeal) University Park, PA 26 113 80 73 541 29 80 650
27 Washington (Foster) Seattle, WA 36 119 97 83 523 43 93 670
28 Purdue (Krannert) West Lafayette, IN 40 125 83 83 553 45 138 650
29 Notre Dame (Mendoza) South Bend, IN 31 115 87 90 835 35 120 700
30 Texas A&M (Mays) College Station, TX 24 124 94 54 557 24 66 660
31 SMU (Cox) Dallas, TX 25 118 76 95 416 50 110 640
32 Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 29 130 86 60 433 33 94 675
33 Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, DC 35 150 89 105 1,423 49 250 680
34 Washington U-St. Louis (Olin) St. Louis, MO 47 125 96 99 1,289 34 140 700
35 Georgia Tech (Scheller) Atlanta, GA 43 122 94 78 347 35 71 678
36 Ohio State (Fisher) Columbus, OH 34 116 97 93 507 32 115 680
37 USC (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA 39 135 77 103 1,794 29 217 700
38 Rochester (Simon) Rochester, NY 32 115 92 96 673 34 79 685
39 Vanderbilt (Owen) Nashville, TN 33 138 88 92 918 37 175 690
40 Buffalo Buffalo, NY 48 74 82 45 375 47 95 620
41 Rice (Jones) Houston, TX 45 131 94 98 705 27 118 680
42 Maryland (Smith) College Park, MD 38 123 88 95 661 44 113 650
43 Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC 30 112 83 83 261 54 65 660
44 Boston U Boston, MA 61 115 87 88 1,236 33 145 690
45 Illinois-Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 56 112 84 67 665 32 116 660
46 Connecticut Storrs, CT 37 107 90 62 164 49 39 650
47 William & Mary (Mason) Williamsburg, VA 41 114 83 82 301 58 92 610
48 Pittsburgh (Katz) Pittsburgh, PA 51 92 86 58 358 30 53 606
49 Georgia (Terry) Athens, GA 42 100 87 64 199 37 44 640
50 UC Davis Davis, CA 72 125 93 97 375 18 47 680
51 Boston College (Carroll) Chestnut Hill, MA 53 115 85 79 759 35 103 680
52 Rollins (Crummer) Winter Park, FL 46 68 78 66 216 40 62 589
53 South Carolina (Moore) Columbia, SC 70 109 80 50 177 70 71 620
54 Tulane (Freeman) New Orleans, LA 52 115 86 103 216 83 89 640
55 Northeastern (D’Amore-McKim) Boston, MA 65 106 95 83 401 28 66 640
56 Alabama (Manderson) Tuscaloosa, AL 57 93 77 54 197 54 73 642
57 Arizona (Eller) Tucson, AZ 60 108 88 78 186 45 52 630
58 Missouri (Trulaske) Columbia, MO 63 78 84 48 375 43 195 650
59 Temple (Fox) Philadelphia, PA 73 97 98 71 312 34 49 645
60 Arizona State (Carey) Tempe, AZ 66 98 89 76 383 36 67 680
61 UC Irvine (Merage) Irvine, CA 69 111 94 94 805 33 108 660
62 Case Western (Weatherhead) Cleveland, OH 49 94 86 91 269 64 57 640
63 Florida (Hough) Gainesvillle, FL 67 104 87 61 387 25 70 678
64 San Diego State San Diego, CA -- 100 83 46 N/A N/A 112 590
65 Utah (Eccles) Salt Lake City, UT -- 78 89 42 153 55 51 600
66 CUNY Baruch (Zicklin) New York, NY 50 104 73 58 377 33 68 640
67 Louisiana State (Ourso) Baton Rouge, LA 64 82 92 59 151 36 39 620
68 Miami Coral Gables, FL 59 85 69 88 329 45 81 630
69 Pepperdine (Graziadio) Los Angeles, CA 74 96 61 86 254 51 92 640
70 Colorado (Leeds) Boulder, CO -- 113 68 63 300 62 83 630

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